How to be a Productive Person

How to be a Productive Person

6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day Written by Eric Barker for Barking Up The Wrong Tree on June 1, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done? Know how many days per week you’re actually productive? About 3: People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive). We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us wants to be a workaholic either. It’d be great to get ... Read More »

Reinvigorating Your Passion

Reinvigorating Your Passion

What Do You Do if You Can’t Find Your Passion? Original Article by Elizabeth Gilbert for O, The Oprah Magazine on November 2010. Creative Commons License. Passion fizzles, gets too overwhelming, and sometimes leaves you all together. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, gives her thoughts on how to overcome a lack of passion, something that we all struggle with time to time. She suggests stepping back and acknowledging the difficulties (because continually slamming your head into a brick wall can only get you so far). Instead, take a break and pursue something new that’s been on your mind, ... Read More »

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate Written by Maria Gonzalez for Harvard Business Review on March 31, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. When faced with a decision, meditators showed increased activity in the posterior insula of the brain, which has been linked to rational decision making. This allowed them to make decisions based more on fact ... Read More »

Sleeping Enough? Tips for Accomplishing More

Sleeping Enough? Tips for Accomplishing More

Sleeping Enough: Self-awareness is a Competitive Advantage Published by Tony Schwartz for The Energy Project on March 19, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. There is no single behavior that more fundamentally influences our effectiveness in waking life. The idea that sleeping less allows us to get more done is pervasive in our culture, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Research shows that 97.5% of us need at least 7 hours of sleep to be at our best, but the average American is getting just around 6 hours. If you currently are not sleeping enough, at least 7 hours each ... Read More »

The Pain of Loneliness and the Easy Solution

The Pain of Loneliness and the Easy Solution

Just Say Hello: The Powerful New Way to Combat the Pain of Loneliness Written by Sanjay Gupta for Oprah.com on February 18, 2014. Creative Commons licensing. It’s a simple greeting, but its power is profound: Science reveals that social interaction can help us live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Yet too many of us are missing out on chances for connection. Sanjay Gupta, MD, reports on an epidemic quietly sweeping society—and why we should all speak up. Her loneliness was worst at night. As soon as her head hit the pillow and darkness surrounded her, she’d be engulfed in a longing she ... Read More »

If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don't want.

- Kevin Ngo -
Work Life Balance: The Integration

Work Life Balance: The Integration

A Major Shift In Work Life Balance? Written by Maria Gamb for Forbes.com on December 17, 2013. Creative Commons Licensing. Over the past few months I have been doing a great deal of travel, speaking to a number of associations on the subject of leadership, gender communications and increasing productivity in the workplace.  As I scanned the list of co-existing speakers I have begun to notice something very important.  There is very little discussion on work life balance anymore. Yes, there are always segments on health, nutrition and stress relief. But, where are the work life balance seminars that have become a hallmark ... Read More »

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Protecting Yourself from Secondhand Stress Written by Jan Bruce for GPS for the Soul on February 25, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Empathy is a wonderful thing. In fact, it’s an essential characteristic of resilience. Understanding what makes people tick, and most importantly, what they need, is what connects you with others, which in turn bolsters your ability to weather life’s rough patches. But being attuned to others’ emotions means that you’re potentially leaving yourself wide open to their frantic, messy, grousing, all-around unpleasant feelings, too. Think of the last time you sat down with a coworker or friend who was ... Read More »

Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.

- Tyler-Nnott Gregson -
What Matters Most?

What Matters Most?

What Matters Most? Written by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza for Every Monday Matters. What really matters most to you? Your relationships with family, friends and children? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health? At the end of each year, don’t you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter? Today is the start of a new year for your life. Start it off by making a difference in you, in your life, and in the lives of those you love. This is your opportunity. Time spent on what matters most is never wasted time. TAKE ... Read More »

Getting Rid of the “Perfect Version” of Ourselves

Getting Rid of the “Perfect Version” of Ourselves

Goodbye Perfect Version: Why We Want Them To Like Us (And Why We Don’t Need Them To) Written by An Bourmanne for tinybuddha.com. Creative Common Licensing. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelou I’ve been a world-class worrier about what other people would think about me for a long time. The clothes, the hair, the shoes. The books I read, the movies I liked, the music I listened to. The hobbies, the people I hung out with. The things I liked and the things I disliked. They all got scrutinized ... Read More »

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